The average American spends 90% of their time indoors. When we spend too much time inside, we tend to become more sedentary which puts us at risk for serious health concerns. Scientific studies have shown that regular time spent outdoors is beneficial to all aspects of our health. To keep your health top of mind and help prevent any potential health concerns, make it part of your daily routine to get outside.
Physical Health Benefits:
- Reduces stress by lowering cortisol
- Lowers blood pressure
- Increases energy with increased endorphins
- Boosts immune system
- Improves sleep by balancing our natural circadian rhythms
- Absorb Vitamin D for protecting bones, joints, and reducing inflammation
We get 90% of our Vitamin D levels from exposure to natural sunlight.
Mental Health Benefits:
- Restores focus
- Improves mood with increased dopamine
- Lessens anxiety and depression
- Enchances creativity
- Relieves Seasonal Affective Disorder symptoms
Surrounding yourself in “green spaces” will help to calm your mind.
Emotional Health Benefits:
- Increases self-esteem
- Improves social connections
- Changes our perspective
What can I do to get outside more?
There are many things you can do to increase your time outdoors. These will depend on your location, the weather, and of course, your personal preferences. We’ve created a short list to get the ideas flowing:
- Go for a walk around your neighborhood, the park, or a forest trail nearby
- Take your workout outside
- Have a work meeting outside
- Enjoy your morning coffee or tea while sitting outside
- Have a picnic in the park
- Check out a farmer’s market
- Listen to the birds, smell the ocean air, watch the wildlife
For time spent in direct sunlight start with 10-15 minutes a few times a week.
Be sure to wear sunscreen, sunglasses and appropriate shoes when implementing more outdoor time into your routine. It’s also important to note what type of environment you’ll be in (ex. the beach or the mountains), the forecasted weather, and what type of clothing will be appropriate for the activities you’ll be doing.